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South Korea: Regulator calls for protection of smaller firms

 |  January 2, 2019

South Korea’s antitrust chief called for comprehensive measures to fundamentally address lingering unfair business practices between large companies and their smaller subcontractors.

Kim Sang-jo, the chairman of the South Korean Fair Trade Commission, did not elaborate on what actions he planned to take, although the watchdog has consistently warned that big retailers would pay punitive damages of up to three times the losses incurred by smaller partners in cases of illegal business practices.

Some South Korean large business groups have been under fire for abusing their market dominance and exerting undue pressure on subcontractors and smaller firms.

Kim also called on officials to make their utmost efforts to root out a practice in which big companies misappropriate and use the technology and know-how of smaller firms.

Full Content: Korea Herald

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